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Phoenix invites bids from residents for 'Community Chest'

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

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Phoenix Community Housing is inviting residents and organisations to bid for a share of £100,000 through a "Community Chest" funding scheme that gives tenants a direct say on projects in their area.

London’s first resident-owned social landlord launched its five-year £500,000 Community Chest funding scheme in 2013. The scheme "encourages groups and organisations to come up with creative projects that will make a real difference to the lives of residents at Phoenix’s 6,300 homes in the Downham, Bellingham and Whitefoot wards of south Lewisham".

Phoenix is now inviting bids for a share of the £100,000 on offer through its 2014 Community Chest, with all shortlisted applications to go to a public vote at a Community Links event in June. Groups can apply for larger funding of more than £1,500 or a range of smaller and fledgling grants to kickstart their project.

Phoenix chief executive Jim Ripley said: "This scheme is all about handing over control to the experts – the residents who live in our properties and the organisations that work in our community. They’re the ones who know the kind of projects that will have the biggest impact in their neighbourhood and to people’s lives.”

Under the first wave of Community Chest funding last year, the public voted for projects which included a new allotment clubhouse, holiday schemes for young people (photo) and support sessions for carers.

More details from www.phoenixch.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 23 April.

Established in 2007, Phoenix is London’s first Community Gateway housing association, offering shareholding membership to residents and placing them at the heart of decision-making.

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